Georgia

Cars and Driving Issues

Know Your Rights

  • Automobiles - FTC Web Site for Consumers

    This web site contains information about buying a new car, buying a used car, leasing a car, renting a car and fuel costs and expenses. The web site also contains information for businesses that sell or lease vehicles. Content Detail

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    Federal Trade Commission
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    Spanish / Español
  • Automobile Title Information

    This section of the Department of Motor Vehicle Safety web site provides information on automobile titles. Your "title" is your certificate of ownership for the vehicles. Content Detail

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    Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety
  • Georgia DMVS Driver's License Services

    This section of the Department of Motor Vehicle Safety web site contains information about how to get a Georgia Driver's License for automobiles, commerical vehicles and motorcycles. The web site also contains information about renewals, name and address changes and applying for a learner's permit. Content Detail

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    Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety
  • Getting a Driver's License

    This web page has list of requirements before a license can be issued. Content Detail

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    Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle
  • Keys to Vehicle Leasing

    Under the federal Consumer Leasing Act, you, the consumer, have a right to information about the costs and terms of a vehicle lease. This information will help you compare lease offers and negotiate a lease that best fits your needs, budget, and driving patterns. Content Detail

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    Federal Reserve Board
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    Spanish / Español
  • Learn More about Your Rights When Buying a Car

    This presentation was developed as part of the Law and Government Education Project in the Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. In partnership with the Law School and the Center for Teaching and Learning at UGA and the Law School at Mercer University, the Institute develops resources on basic areas of Georgia and federal law. These resources are then distributed across the state in a variety of ways including the State Bar of Georgia?s Pro Bono Project website. We hope you will find this presentation to be useful and informative. Please be advised, however, that this presentation is designed to provide general information only and does not substitute for legal advice. At the conclusion of the presentation you will find a list of organizations which may be able to provide assistance to those who have legal issues relevant to the topic of this presentation. We encourage viewers to contact these organizations for help. Also, please consult the Pro Bono Project website for a list of other presentations available for viewing. Content Detail

    By:
    Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
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    Spanish / Español
  • License and Vehicle Registration Information

    This section of the Department of Motor Vehicle Safety web site contains information about drivers licenses, and vehicle registration in Georgia. Content Detail

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    Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety
  • Renewing Your Georgia Drivers License or ID Card

    This web page explains how Georgia driver's licenses are renewed. Content Detail

  • Buying A Used Car PDF

    Buying a used car can be a good deal or a costly mistake. Make sure you are getting a car that is in good condition and fits within your budget. Otherwise, you may be stuck paying for a broken down car. This shows what to do at each step in the car buying process. Content Detail

    By:
    Atlanta Legal Aid Society Inc
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    Spanish / Español
  • Car Insurance

    The document tells you what kinds of car insurance there are and what they cover. It also gives you information about buying car insurance. This document is excerpted from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

    By:
    Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
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    Spanish / Español
  • Car Loans: Understanding Vehicle Financing

    Understanding Vehicle Financing With prices averaging more than $20,000 for a new vehicle and $9,500 for a four-year-old vehicle, most consumers need financing or leasing to acquire a vehicle. In some cases, buyers use “direct lending:” they obtain a loan directly from a finance company, bank or credit union. In direct lending, a buyer agrees to pay the amount financed, plus an agreed-upon finance charge, over a period of time. Once a buyer and a vehicle dealership enter into a contract and the buyer agrees to a vehicle price, the buyer uses the loan proceeds from the direct lender to pay the dealership for the vehicle. Use this web site to find out more about car loans. Content Detail

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    Federal Trade Commission
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    Spanish / Español
  • Georgia Consumer's Guide to Odometer Tampering

    National studies have shown that a high percentage of all used cars have had the mileage on their odometer "rolled back" or "clocked" so that the odometer shows less miles than the vehicle has actually traveled. The federal government estimates that over 4 billion dollars per year (an amount greater than the loss caused by auto theft) is lost as a result of odometer fraud. Con men can add thousands of dollars of illicit profit into the price of a used vehicle through odometer mileage tampering or misrepresentation. Also, since the motor vehicle has been driven more miles than shown, the unsuspecting buyer will be forced to incur expenses for needed repairs or maintenance sooner than anticipated Content Detail

    By:
    Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs
  • Georgia's Lemon Law

    Georgia?s Warranty Rights Act, also known as the ?Lemon Law,? is codified in O.C.G.A. § 10-1-780 through 10-1-794. It offers protection to consumers who buy or lease a new vehicle which turns out to have certain types of defects. When you buy a new car, the dealer is required to give you a written explanation of your rights under this law. Content Detail

    By:
    Barnes Law Group
  • Lemon Law Complaint Process

    Have you experienced continuing problems with a new motor vehicle that you purchased or leased in Georgia? If so, you might be interested to know that the Motor Vehicle Warranty Rights Act, or Lemon Law as it is commonly called, outlines a self-help process for you. Content Detail

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    Georgia.gov
  • Steps YOU can take to protect yourself as a consumer!

    10 steps you can take to avoid getting ripped off. Content Detail

    By:
    Barnes Law Group